JMA president urges gov't to add social partnership to crime plan

Metry Seaga

Metry Seaga, President of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA) has raised concern about the government's new approach to crime fighting. At a media briefing on Wednesday, Mr. Seaga said with crime the biggest deterrent to economic growth, social partnership is critical.
He said without all sectors buying into the anti-crime measures, the efforts will be in vain.
He has therefore suggested that the government re-establish the Crime and Justice Reform Commission.

"(The commission) will then come to the public every month and will give an update to say 'this is what we said we were going to do and this is what we have done towards achieving that goal.' Only at that time, we feel, will we have total buy-in," Mr. Seaga argued.
"We feel that the prime minister should be calling all stakeholders to the table - private sector, opposition, unions, civil society - whomsoever wants to be at the table, should be allowed to be at the table. Get everybody's thoughts, put them down on paper, let us extrapolate the most common suggestions from everyone and let us incorporate that into a crime plan," he reiterated.

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